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A Trip to the Oregon Coast

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A few days ago, my husband and I headed off to the Oregon Coast for a little break. For months we’ve been looking forward to this getaway, a cabin offered through the Oregon State Parks system.

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With a toilet, shower, microwave, and bunk beds, vacationing in one of these little beauties is not exactly roughing it. However, I much prefer to be in the forest right next to the beach rather than in a motel room.

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From a sunny day in the 90s we entered a foggy atmosphere in the 60s. The break from the heat was nice.

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I love the towering overstory, woodsy scents, and booming surf.

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The beach is quiet after Labor Day. You can walk for miles without running into anyone.

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A feast of calamari, provided by Pacific Restaurant.

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Sunset over the Pacific Ocean was spectacular from our cabin.

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I even got a little writing accomplished by the light of the campfire, in between s’mores. Just over 1,000 words, if you’re curious. I’ve found that I really enjoy writing in different locations. New surroundings seem to add some zest.

Photo credit: Tillamook Chamber of Commerce

Photo credit: Tillamook Chamber of Commerce

On day 2, we stopped in at the Tillamook Air Museum. Why would Tillamook, Oregon, a town known for its cheese, with just over 4,900 people, have an air museum? I’m glad you asked. Tillamook was the site of a blimp base during World War II, one of only ten such bases on U.S. soil.

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The blimp hangar at Tillamook, which houses the aircraft collection, is one of the largest wooden structures in the world. The plane on the left is a Mini Guppy.

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The Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa “Oscar” is a rare Japanese fighter plane. They were used extensively as kamikaze aircraft at the end of the war.

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A spooky house on the outskirts of Tillamook. This is what our house would look like if I didn’t hack back the overgrowth every once in a while.

It was a short trip, but very enjoyable. We’ll be back!

Note: All pictures were taken by my husband unless otherwise specified.

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